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Salvation Day

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  966 ratings  ·  227 reviews
A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.

They thought the ship would be their salvation.

Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board in a matter of
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Berkley
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkely for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Instead of writing a full review, I'm going to make gif-review because my depression and OCD are being b*tchy. Sooo...

On the first page:

When I met the characters:

When they entered the spaceship:

When sh*t started happening:

(Like seriously, every night I read this before bed, it was hard to fall asleep because of was buzzing with the thrill of a food book)

When all was revealed:

That's all I have. to be honest, I'm truly a
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to be completely honest here... I was ambivalent about this one when I accepted the ARC. I put off reading it, fiddlefarted around, avoiding it. But I'm so glad I finally picked it up! Once I got sucked in, I couldn't put it down! I read huge chunks every sitting!

It's an almost-horror sci-fi thriller novel, set in space, on an abandoned spacecraft... haunted in a science fictio
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Salvation Day starts with a bang, with a small group of outlaws abducting a passenger transport vehicle that is delivering students to their internships on the moon.  Their goal is to use the students as hostages to buy them time to hack their way past the security net of a derelict ship called House of Wisdom, steal the ship, and sail off into the galaxy to find a new home where the Council's rule does not reach.

The problem?  House of Wisdom is derelict because an unknown virus killed every las
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 star at The BiblioSanctum

After reading the description for Salvation Day, I thought I had a good idea of what I was in for: a futuristic sci-fi horror, with an outbreak scenario, maybe even possibly some crossover into zombie territory. I think I was picturing something like Dead Space in my mind. Well, what the book actually turned out to be was something quite different, though the story still ended up being a thrilling and cinematic experience.

Michelle Morrell
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, x-read-2019
After purchasing my tickets for Comicon, I got an email. Would I be interested in a free book, and would I agree to come to a Book Club meeting at the con? Ummm, would I like to breathe oxygen? Heck yeah!

I waited, "patiently," and two weeks before con, it arrived! A happy little package with this book and some assorted materials:

I was deep in the middle of a PKD nominee, but I cracked this open and looked up again four hours later. So, readable? Definitely.

While this book deals with two opposing
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

This was such a high energy, eerie adventure through space. Our main characters, Zahra and Jaswinder, had incredibly differing motivations for everything that happened, and it was easy to relate to both of their stances, though as the reader, it's clear to see that Zahra is being manipulated. Zahra is a member of what basically amounts to a cult which operates under the guise of "helpin
The Captain
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I have been meaning to read some of Kali Wallace’s work for quite some time but always seem to forget to do so. Then I was reminded of this book’s existence from Mogsy @ thebibliosanctum’s awesome review which led me to this fun read. She said:

the way the story is presented is also very cinematic, and there were certain scenes that made me feel like I was watching a movie. Periodically, bits and pieces of conversation and reports from the House of Wisdom passengers’ last mo
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
set aside @ 23%

I really want to read this soon, buuuut I've been at 23% for over a month so I'm setting it aside for now.
Anna Luce
★★✰✰✰ 2 stars

Salvation Day is yet another book whose good idea/premise is hampered by its poor execution. As the title suggest, much of this novel takes place in one day...this timeline alone makes for a rather restrictive narrative. The story and its characters too are hindered by the fact that most of the events narrated by our respective protagonist take place on the same day. Because of this the scope of this book is quite limited and what had the potential to be an interesting world is nar
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
In compliance with FTC guidelines------I received this book free from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The content of this review is not influenced by that fact. The feelings expressed are solely mine. I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.

It pains me to give this book a 2.5 star rating (2 recorded) but when measuring my thoughts against recent 3 star reads it doesn't match up. I really wanted to like this book and be lost in this future world. It j
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those who like to journey into the future to the stars and beyond, Kali Wallace has a science fiction tale filled with mystery, intrigue and the possible final demise of humanity, SALVATION DAY.

After almost completely destroying Earth’s ability to maintain life, ships were sent out to explore other avenues of survival, but one exploration vessel became a tomb for its inhabitants, killed by a deadly virus, now condemned to space as so much flotsam. Now one group will discover the truth about
Liz Busby
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
**received an ARC for the Penguin Reader Panel at ECCC 2019**

I could see that this book could be really good to a certain kind of reader. It's really not in my wheelhouse, so I enjoyed it, but don't think it's anything amazing.

The plot of this book was enjoyable with lots of twists and turns. Very satisfying resolution.
Fast paced. I actually got through this really quickly, which is hard for me lately.
The writing is very cinematic. This is the kind of book that would make a great mo
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible Sci-Fi/Horror that fans of Aliens and Event Horizon should greatly enjoy. In a dystopian future, after a great cataclysm Earth has rebuilt, but many live among the stars and planets while half of the planet remains home to lesser castes. Over 10 years ago, the largest space craft designed in the modern era fell prey to a disaster killing all aboard except for one. Now, n cult-like enclave from the wastelands plans to kidnap that lone survivor and take control of the great ...more
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Sci-Fi Horror? Oh yes, please! It’s also written by a woman? Just gimme, now! When one of my fellow reviewers turned me on to Salvation Day, I requested it from Netgalley pretty much immediately. I’m always on the lookout for some sci-fi horror and this looked like it would fit the bill.

Unfortunately, for just over half the book, Salvation Day and I did not get along. It isn’t that the book is badly written – because it’s not – but I didn’t like the most of the characters introduced early on, I
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of speculative science fiction
It's probably not a surprise that a plan embarked upon by members of a cult goes irrevocably wrong almost from the start but there was a lot more here than that. The ship House of Wisdom has been under armed quarantine for ten years and she has many stories to tell and secrets to reveal. Additionally, there's information on how humanity has fared and organized itself after some near-extinction level calamity and being charitable, results have been mixed. Salvation Day lays out the collision cour ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great thriller of a group of people uncovering a heavily covered up secret. There's government coverups, cults, terrorist organizations, obnoxiously smart teens, and a deadly alien parasite that can take over a human's basic functions. It's scary, thrilling, and fantastic. The best part? It's in space.

The story follows two different perspectives: a member of a cult, and a student in the group kidnapped by the cult. They each have fascinating motives that you'll both sympathize and be a
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was very suspenseful and quite creepy. A ghost ship in space in which everyone was killed by some unknown pathogen? Yes, please! The story went in a bit of a different direction than I was expecting but in a good way. I ended up really liking both of the main characters and appreciated seeing their differing perspectives of the same events. I don't want to reveal anything more and spoil it so I'll just say that they both felt justified in their actions and humans are often just as scary as ...more
Melissa Bennett
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was like a sci-fi/mystery thriller. Lots of little twists and turns. Was enjoyable for most part and had a very rewarding ending. The biggest issue I had with the book was the constant back and forth arguing. It tended to wear on me a bit but once you get past that, it was a good story.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley.

Salvation Day is a sci-fi adventure story that focuses on a derelict starship. It takes place in what seems to be pretty far in the future, after humanity nearly failed in "The Collapse", but was able to pull itself together and eventually get back into space. Just what happened during The Collapse is only hinted at. It's one of those things that you wish you'd get more details on, but is largely left to the imagination. Seems to be a com
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Full review to come but I want to make sure I get this quote:
The whole purpose of the Council's is supposed to be a way to stop using "it's not that simple" as an excuse to protect our own comfort while others suffer. That's what the Councils are trying to do, isn't it? They're trying to make it look like they're so fucking magnanimous for not blaming children for being raised in a poisoned wasteland, and hoping nobody will notice that they're ignoring all the people still there...

...I had spent
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thriling surprise!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

At this point, it doesn't seem like I'll ever tire of reading space thrillers, and Salvation Day proved to be yet another thrilling one that kept me hooked throughout.

Salvation Day is a fast-paced adventure in space following a disparate group of people with a variety of different motivations at play. The concept of violent, lethal virus existing on a spaceship and becoming a huge threat is not the most original one to exist among thrillers in spac
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
So I am not sure where to land my rating on this. I don't read science fiction. I enjoy certain science fiction and I really, really dislike most science fiction. My problem being that I'm never sure how to determine which I will like or dislike before I invest my time. I don't enjoy reading when I have to think too hard and sometimes the world building in science fiction is too complicated for me. So, generally, I stay away from it. But when this came available to me (free) I thought I would gi ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A thrilling story set in space with elements of horror and mystery, well-drawn characters, and even a cautionary message or two.

Kali Wallace, where have you been hiding? Salvation Day is Wallace’s adult debut, if I’m not mistaken. She’s written for middle grade and YA audiences in the past, which might be the reason I hav
Arielle Ali
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got to read an advanced copy of this novel as part of the ECCC Penguin Book Club panel. I'm eager to discuss this book at the convention in a month. Until then, I'll just comment that I read it in a day. ...more
A tight-knit yarn you will enjoy unspooling!

You get: deep-space/earth politics; a cult; a whackadoo cult leader; a kidnapping and hostage situation; inter-family drama; conspiracy theory vs. truth; aliens; a “pathogen” that makes people shred themselves to ribbons; a ghost ship infected by said “pathogen”; some cool characters (LGTB friendly too); and a lot of F-bombs (and hey, this girl isn’t complaining).

It makes for a cool book folks!

Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for giveaway ARC.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Are we sure this wasn’t ya? If a love triangle was thrown in it would be.

I didn’t care a fig about the characters. The world building was non existent.

But space! And twists.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a free ARC that was given to a friend of mine at the Penguin/Random House booth at ECCC. I got a couple of my own and so far they've all been at the very least good and a couple of them have been great.

This story includes a lot of familiar sci fi elements and tropes, but the story is fast paced and immersive and the characters aren't standard issue space thriller cliches. The story takes place in a world where, 400 years previously, humanity managed to bring themselves to the brink of
Alexia Chantel
SALVATION DAY is a gripping sci-fi read with a hint of horror that goes far beyond a mere outbreak scenario.

The set up is post apocalyptic and the ruling government agency controls access to space, and you can't get there unless you're a Council member. One of the main characters is Zahra who's from the lawless deserts of North America, she hates the United Councils because they labeled her father a traitor and blamed him for the deaths of everyone aboard the spaceship House of Wisdom, the spac
Scott Whitmore
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is wholly appropriate that Salvation Day is slated for a July release as it is akin to a Summer Blockbuster popcorn movie: fast-paced with plenty of action, plot twists and surprise reveals. But unlike so many of those movies, author Kali Wallace’s lead characters are fleshed-out and subject to complex feelings and motivations. It was a captivating and wholly enjoyable read.

This review is based on an advance copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley for that purpose. The book will be
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Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and She is the author of the dark, fantastical teen novels Shallow Graves (2016) and The Memory Trees (2017), as well as the middle grade fantasy adventure C ...more

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